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Gym and Exercise Classes

We have a specialised gym and studio at BrainTree Wellness Centre, where we offer a variety of exercise classes and gym sessions, suitable for people with MS and Parkinson’s.

We know that exercise helps maintain function and independence for people with Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis, while helping with the management of fatigue and other symptoms. Our classes can also be great for socialising with people who can understand your particular circumstances and abilities. There’s a wonderful sense of camaraderie and compassion between members and our class leaders.

 

Cost per Session:

Concession Cards = $10 per session (For 10 or more sessions)

Casual Visit = $12 per session

 

If you haven’t been in your exercise/gym class for more than 3-months, or have any questions regarding the suitability of classes, please BOOK AN ASSESSMENT first.

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Sports Canterbury

May 20, 2024

Loved seeing the quality of the classes and the joy and appreciation the participants talk about.  

Move for Life has been approved by Sports Canterbury as an Approved Strength and Balance Programme

Music & Movement Participant

20/05/2024

My balance improved significantly due to the standing up and drumming, however, my main challenge remains in trying to walk without freezing, particularly with othe distractions, which will continue as a work-on.

The "only" real challenge was trying to walk without freezing. It was great to be able to change the music's speed or beat to cater for individual skill levels. Marching at the normal speed proved too difficult for me personally but I could see that it was great for others in the class. The smiling faces while walking said it all.

MSPC Gym bunny

20/05/2024

“Great support, the gym facility with access to the Exercise Physio’s is great, you get your own personalised exercise programme, and access to the gear, also a good opportunity to network with others in the same boat that understand”

Robin

20/05/2024

“Going to the Gym, good conversation and fellowship even if I didn’t start until I was 70.”

MSPC Exersice Timetable 2024
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Exercise Class Explanation

Balance & Mobility

For people with MS and Parkinson's. Aimed at enhancing mobility and balance. We will focus on standing exercises to challenge and improve your balance, co-ordination, and gait performance. It requires the ability to get up and down from the floor independently.

Strong & Stable

For people with MS and Parkinson's.

This class is designed to improve balance, gait, and overall strength. It requires the ability to get up and down from the floor independently.

HIT & Power

For people with MS and Parkinson's. A high-intensity exercise class to enhance agility, balance, and gait. Includes amplitude exercises and challenging workouts to help you achieve your fitness goals, particularly for those in the early stages of their condition. Not recommended if you are prone to falls or freezing.

Head to Toe

For people with MS and Parkinson's. A whole-body workout regardless of mobility issues. Sitting or standing exercises for balance improvement. Wheelchair/walking aid users welcome. Support persons welcome.

No assessment needed.

Move for Life

For people with MS and Parkinson's. This class features a variety of exercises designed to improve strength, range of motion, and coordination, all while seated or standing. It is an inclusive exercise class suitable for those with mobility issues and wheelchair users. Support persons welcome.

No assessment needed.

Tai Chi

For people with MS and Parkinson's.

This low-impact exercise promotes balance, flexibility, and relaxation through a series of gentle movements and breathing techniques. Wheelchair/walking aid users welcome.

No assessment needed.

Parkinson’s Potential

For people with Parkinson's. The majority of the exercises are performed while standing to enhance your coordination and cardiovascular endurance. It requires the ability to get up and down from the floor independently.

Parkinson’s Power

For people with early-stage Parkinson's.

A high-intensity class seeking a challenge, with a particular focus on balance and coordination through demanding exercises. Not recommended if you are prone to falls or freezing.

Open Gym

For people with MS and Parkinson's.

The gym is open to complete your exercise program prescribed by our exercise physiologist under supervision of a qualified exercise instructor.

Supported Gym

For people with MS and Parkinson's.

This session provides extra support for those who require assistance when using gym equipment. Wheelchair/walking aid users welcome.

Support persons welcome.

Exercise Class Requirements

Book all classes in advance either online or by calling 03-366 2857.

Check in at the reception before your class.

Remember to bring a drink bottle to stay hydrated and a gym towel to each class.

A fitness assessment is necessary before attending most classes.

Classes are approximately 50 minutes long.